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Ekiti poll: Fayose opposes consensus candidate

28 February 2014, 19:13

Abuja - A former Governor of Ekiti, Ayo Fayose, said a consensus candidate for the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti would not be in the interest of the people.

He said this while speaking with newsmen shortly after picking the PDP nomination form in Abuja on Thursday.

According to Fayose, consensus arrangement is anti democracy because it will not reflect the people’s wishes.

Fayose emphasised that he was an anti consensus person because the party leadership had repeatedly said that they would enthrone internal democracy within the party.

"If you defeat me on the field, I will shake your hand and support you financially in whatever way, and if I defeat anybody on the field, there will be less acrimony.

According to him, the National Organising Secretary of the party has affirmed that the party will conduct a free and fair primaries and whoever wins the primary becomes the party's governorship candidate.

He expressed hope that as honourable men, the party's leadership, under its present national chairman, Adamu Mu'azu, would not renege on its words.

Fayose, however, said that all the 33 aspirants were qualified to be governor of the state, adding that he was the most qualified because of his experience as a former governor.

He, however, said that he would remain in the PDP to contribute to its greatness even if he did not emerge as the party's candidate.

"This year I will be 54 years old, it is too late for me to cross carpet to any other political party.

 "Even if the party does not pick me, I will not cross carpet; I will still work for the party,'' he said.

Fayose expressed the hope that he would be victorious in either ways, adding that he would take in good faith whatever decision the party leadership came up with.

He said  that those who were in the habit of cross carpeting from one party to the other were wasting their time.

On insinuations that the South-West is the home base of the APC, Fayose said; "this is only in the imagination of the people".

According to him, the APC came into the zone because of internal wranglings in the PDP which led to judicial misappropriation.

"The South- West is not the home of the APC and up till today, PDP still controls respectable politicians in the zone," he said.

He expressed the hope that the PDP would win the zone in the 2015 general elections and the forthcoming Ekiti governorship election.

Fayose said that he would ensure even development of the state if he was elected  the governor.

A former Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Dayo Adeyeye and a former Minister of Police Affairs, retired Navy Capt. Caleb Olubolade had earlier picked the PDP nomination form.

The nomination form is being sold for N10 million while the Expression of Interest costs N1 million.

Ekiti ward congresses, primary election and electoral appeal will hold between March 12 and March 17.

Fayose and his Deputy were removed from office by 24 out of the 26 members of the State House of Assembly on October 16, 2006.

-  NAN

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